The U.S. has 5 percent of the world’s population, but 25 percent of the world’s prisoners. While spending on incarceration continues to increase, funding for education at every level—from Head Start to colleges and universities—continues to be cut each year. States now spend four times more per capita to incarcerate than to educate. Change must occur. Here's how states could save money by prioritizing spending on education over incarceration.
By Michael Pittaro, assistant professor, criminal justice at American Military University
Prisons are, in many respects, a microcosm of society. In 2030, the last baby boomer will turn 65 and one in five Americans will be older than 65. This aging population is also represented within the nation’s prisons system.
By Rob Stallworth
It’s well known that to work in corrections, you have to have heart. You have to be a strong individual in order to work in this complicated business and be a member of the criminal justice system. Integrity, character, trust, and leadership are just some of the words that come to mind when thinking about many of my colleagues.